Today we are happy to announce the latest member to our product line - the AZL1D4!
Dimensions (LxWxH): 1.65” x 0.27” x 0.1” (or 42mm x 6.9mm x 2.54mm)
The AZL1D4 is a brand new drop-in decoder designed for the latest generation of American Z Line diesel locomotives. The design features an improved screw-down design, unlike previous designs which relied on slide-on contacts. Examples of American Z Line locomotives which this decoder will fit include the following:
The AZL1D4 can support up to four lighting functions. This decoder includes one on-board LED for the forward headlight with no soldering required. Optional reverse headlight is available upon request. Solder pads for two additional lighting functions are also available. (The AZL PA does not have provisions for a reverse headlight, so it has been omitted for now. You could add your own reverse headlight, cab light, or ground inspection lights using the additional lighting function pads.)
Also available on the AZL1D4 - RailCom® - This feature allows the decoder to talk to the command station. RailCom supports expansion for new features.
Installation process documentation for the AZL PA will be coming soon, but is not currently available.
Gateway 2022 is a combination of two events Hosted in St. Louis, Missouri by the National Model Railroad Association:
Hosted from Sunday August 7th 2022 through Thursday August 11th. TCS' Dan Mycio, as well as two members of the LCC Command System team will be attending the convention. Come visit the LCC booth in the Special Interests Group (SIG) room for a live demonstration of our CS-105 command station and other ecosystem components such as the B-106, UWT-50, UWT-100, and more!
Also available at the convention, TCS will be opening orders for the first run of CS-105 Command Station and B-106 Booster, as well as our new LT-50 "Layout Throttle" for public sale! Orders will be taken at the show, with payment and shipping to be processed through the main office in Pennsylvania over the next 1-2 weeks. Orders will also open simultaneously through our web store shop.tcsdcc.com. TCS estimates that there will only be approximately 50 command stations and 50 boosters available for sale for the first production run due to the worldwide electronic parts shortage. First come, first served!
Hosted from Friday August 12th through Sunday August 14th. TCS' Dan Mycio will be walking around the show floor all day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It's the perfect opportunity to ask for an autograph!
You can find more information on the Gateway 2022 event, as well as register to attend, by visiting the official website for the event by clicking THIS LINK.
The 42nd Annual National Narrow Gauge Convention will be hosted in Seattle/Tacoma Washington from Thursday September 1st, 2022 through Sunday September 4th with support from the 4th division of the Pacific Northwest region NMRA. You can find more details on the official website by clicking on THIS LINK. A TCS representative will be at the show with a live demonstration of our CS-105 command station and world-famous WOWSound decoders.
Check out our new installation documentation for the Walthers Mainline GE SC44 GEVo by clicking the link below:
This installation was performed earlier this year by TCS' very own Dan M (of YouTube fame). Not only did Dan perform the installation, but the new WM-MB1 motherboard used in this installation was designed by Dan as well. Great job, Dan!
Also new in this installation, the debut of our new 28x18mm speaker! You can learn more about that speaker by clicking the link below:
Both the new WM-MB1 motherboard, as well as the speaker are included in a new WOWKit for this installation, which you can check out here:
A new WOWKit is available in the WOWDiesel line of kits - the WDK-WAL-2 - TCS Part Number 1789
WDK-WAL-2 stands for "WOWSound Diesel Kit (for) Walthers Locomotives (kit number) 2.
The WAL-2 kit was purpose-designed specifically for the Walthers Mainline-series GE GEVo locomotive in HO-Scale. The kit features, most notably, a brand new motherboard, the WM-MB1 (PN:1617), and our New 28x18mm Speaker (PN:1717).
As with all of our WOWKits, the WAL-2 kit includes everything you need to convert your locomotive to TCS WOWSound, which includes:
You can check out the conversion process by looking over our Documented Installation for the Walthers Mainline GE GEVo.
*dimensions are reflective of the total outside perimeter
TCS recently released a new style of speaker for sale. This speaker is, at it's core, based upon the increasingly-popular cellphone-style "sugar cube" speaker; however, no other speaker of a comparable size can deliver crisp, clean, quality audio the way this speaker does. Even compared to some of the high-quality offerings from TCS, this new speaker can blow some of them out of the water! (Now just imagine what it can do to your OEM speaker *wink*)
In TCS' march for continuous improvement, and continuing dedication to delivering the best quality products with the latest and greatest technology, we guarantee you can hear the difference between this speaker and the competition.
This 28mm x 18mm speaker is a tough little beast capable of pumping out 1.2 Watts of power, despite the relatively small size of the actual driver. This micro speaker comes packaged inside an air-tight injection-molded plastic enclosure to maximize the volume and frequency response, especially at the low end. On the outside, 5 out of the 6 sides are covered in a padded foam material. This material will prevent distortion caused by vibration if the enclosure is within a small space, or crammed up against any surface(s).
This speaker also comes from TCS with 6-inch (152mm) long 32AWG wire and a 2-pin JST "SR"-Series connector. This connector can be clipped off if not needed, but can be readily plugged into some products such as the WM-MB1 and WM-MB2 motherboards. Check it out in the 1717's debut installation for the Walthers Mainline GE GEVo HERE.
Dimensions: 1.1" x 0.71" x 0.32" (or 28mm x 18mm x 8.1mm)
Sound Pressure Level (SPL): 95 dB ± 3.0 dB at 1.2W, 10cm, 2.0 KHz.
Effective Frequency Band: 500 Hz. to 20,000 Hz.
Power Rating: 1.2W (Typical) 1.5W (Peak)
DC Impedance: 6 Ω ± 20 % at 1.2W 2000 Hz.
TCS WOWSound decoders use an audio amplifier capable of supplying up to 2 Watts of power to an 8 Ohm load at maximum volume. The amplifier(s) on a WOWSound product can support speakers with impedance ratings as low as 4 Ohms. A reduction in impedance will result in a more power (more Watts) being supplied to the speaker. This speaker is rated at 6 Ohms of Impedance and 1.2 Watts of continuous power. (See "Specs" for more details) It is recommended that you set your master volume to ~60% or less to prevent over-driving and damage to your decoder or speaker.
Our audio experts at TCS were truly blown away by the first impressions we got of the first samples of these speakers, delivering an impressive amount of volume, and more importantly bass, in such a small package!
Originally, this design was going to be a one-off use for an OEM project, the Bachmann Sound Value GP35, but we were so impressed that we couldn't NOT make it available to our customers for their own installations!
The latest run of EMD GP35 locomotives for 2022 in the Sound Value line from Bachmann Trains are a unique lot. The chassis used in these particular locomotives was originally not designed for sound AT ALL, so our clever engineers at TCS had to think outside the box for a solution. Our line of thinking led us to a unique decoder design with an integrated speaker inside the decoder itself! (shown below)
By integrating the speaker directly into the decoder's PCB, we were able to place the speaker in a tactical position - directly above the motor! Doing so allows the sound output from the speaker to flow through the only hole in the top of the chassis, around the motor, through internal routes in the chassis, and out through the trucks. We also noticed that the sealed nature of the shell also amplifies resonance, improving the audio quality. The foam padding on the enclosure prevents unwanted vibrations and distortion, and holds the speaker in place within the decoder. Very clever, if we do say so ourselves. But don't just take our word for it; pick up your own Sound Value GP35, coming later in 2022 from Bachmann Trains!
Thanks to the compactness, as well as its ability to output a lot of power, this new speaker is very useful in N-scale sound decoder installations. One of our favorites is the KATO FEF-3.
This locomotive in particular has an internal design which is very friendly to the installation of this speaker and a WOW101-Steam sound decoder. TCS' Dan M has done three successful installations for customers using the setup shown below:
The final product of this setup is loud, clear, and authentic steam sound which might confuse your HO buddies into thinking you changed scales!
Video Coming Soon!